Steers’ Prokop takes Friona position

Mike Prokop keeps moving a little farther west along U.S. Highway 60.

Prokop, a Clovis High grad who spent 10 years as a football assistant at CHS before moving on to head coaching stints at Texico and Farwell, has taken a position as football coach and athletic director at Friona.

Prokop won small-school state titles in 2003, 2004 and 2008 at Texico, where he spent 10 years, then had a successful two-year run at Farwell where he led the Steers to a 19-6 record, including a trip to the Class 1A quarterfinals in 2010 and a second-round berth last season.

He replaces Michael Herbert as the Chieftains' football coach. Herbert moved on to an assistant's position at Lubbock Monterey.

"I'm going to miss the kids in Farwell; I had a great time there," said Prokop, who in all has coached 32 years. "Friona is a very good opportunity and I get a chance to bring in a couple of (assistants)."

Prokop said he's in the process of moving. He said he will start meeting with players next week.

He said he has previous administrative experience at Truth or Consequences, where he served as athletic director and assistant principal from 1986-88.

"It's going to be a challenge, but the kids work hard and they're very competitive," he said.

The Chieftains compete in rugged District 2-2A, which has seen Muleshoe and Littlefield put together strong programs capable of competing on a state level. The Mules won the Class 2A Division I state title in 2008.

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